On this day each year, we celebrate the first steam engine hissing into operation. And retain the decisive vision that powers progress.
I hesitate to disagree with Daniel Finkelstein, but city growth has been powered more by smalltown commuters than flat-cap wearing uber-boheminans.
Iain Dale: Beware, Sunak. Australia was promised green jobs, but got greenhorn workers instead. Plus injuries and deaths.
How its mass insulation scheme went wrong. Plus: let Politics Live thrive, Cummings travel, and ask yourself: why can’t we all just get along?
Stephen Booth: Joining the CPTPP is how this country can show it’s serious about being “Global Britain”
While the Government has been focussed on “levelling up” and other domestic issues, it’s time to consider the UK’s position on the world stage.
Ryan Bourne: Sunak shouldn’t try today to restore pre-virus Britain. It’s gone – and we must now adapt.
What normalisation should mean is the return to a functioning market economy where our wants and needs are met in today’s circumstances.
When a government takes money out of it, it is creating unseen costs. Subsidising jobs is no more a route to growth than smashing windows.
Luke Evans: Snapshot from Bosworth. We haven’t beaten the Coronavirus. But nor are we letting it beat us.
The vast majority of those who follow the rules have enabled those of us outside Leicester to avoid a second lockdown so far.
As regular readers of this column might expect, they’re not cheerful page-turners. But they may well change your life.
Howard Flight: High streets, air travel, restaurants, the arts. How the virus is transforming our lifestyle.
It should be remembered that the arts contributes more to Britain’s international earnings, in the aggregate, than does the City of London.
Richard Holden: On Wednesday, Sunak needs to show as much confidence in Britain as local publicans in North West Durham
It was superb to see responsible local businesses investing, and ensuring a safe and socially distanced experience for their customers.
David Gauke: I fear the Conservative Party is lost for small state free marketeers and One Nation social liberals
When it decided to be the Party of Brexit, when it decided that it should focus on Red Wall voters, the Conservative Party made its choice.
I could reveal how it was made available to me, but I’d have to shoot you were I to tell you.
Also: Plaid suspend high-profile candidate over antisemitic comments; DUP call on O’Neill to ‘step aside’; and Anglesey spared shake-up of Welsh seats.
Garvan Walshe: To win re-election, Poland’s President Duda is counting on the homophobic, sexist Konfederacja party
But they have hugely different views on economic policy to PiS, and consider its pro-Catholicism naive at best.
Ben Roback: When masks become memes: The partisan political climate has hurt America’s fight against coronavirus
There is still time for the president to show leadership on this issue, but the window of opportunity is narrowing.